From pasties to postpartum and everything in between.
No one said motherhood would be easy. For Adiba Nelson, the journey to parenthood started with a big bang and continues with a breakdown (or two) and several “why?” questions for God.
Witty and bold, Afro-Latina Adiba grew up in survival mode. Her sometimes complicated relationship with her strong-willed, vibrant, religious mother marked her views of mothering and love. When a chance encounter with a tall-ish, brown-skinned brotha at Ruby Tuesday’s right before closing time collided with a Jill Scott song and the right time of the month, Adiba found herself unexpectedly pregnant. She also found herself unexpectedly falling into the same relationship patterns of the matriarchs before her—the ones she swore she’d never end up in.
Mom to a new baby with high medical needs and a slew of hardships that just didn’t seem to quit, she set out on a reckoning that was just as generational as it was personal. Along the way, Adiba never loses her heart or her humor. This is a true love story, but the kind about a woman loving herself enough to change the course of her life for herself, her child, and the women after her as well as before. From pasties to postpartum depression, Ain’t That a Mother is not your average motherhood memoir—and Adiba is not your average mother.
The in-between moments and the self-revelations are where this bold and brilliant story of love, family secrets, and lots of “what the…?” really shines. Just like parenting, the story is messy, but the reward is incredibly satisfying.
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AIN'T THAT A MOTHER by Adiba Nelson
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5/4/22- Houston, TX at Kindred Stories, 7pm CT
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5/6/22 Tucson, AZ at Locale Neighborhood Italian Restaurant, 6pm MT, In-conversation w/ Dr. Stephanie Troutman-Robbins
“Ain't That a Mother is the most honest, most hilarious, most unapologetic book about motherhood I've ever read. It's the book I desperately needed 20+ years ago when my mothering journey began. Adiba Nelson's story of faith, discrimination, trauma, love, loss, and, ultimately, healing, totally reinvents the motherhood memoir. Nelson is a survivor and a masterful storyteller. Her magnificent, unabashed voice and big heart will grab you from the very first page.”—Deesha Philyaw, author of The National Book Award finalist The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
"Ain’t That a Mother is a treasure-filled goldmine of a book that’ll leave you alternately teary-eyed and clutching your stomach and your pearls. What a clear-eyed, wisdom-filled, heart-led, emotional journey in the shoes of this mama bear, this lover, this advocate, this mover, this passionate woman. Brava!"—Denene Millner, New York Times bestselling author of My Brown Baby: On the Joys and Challenges of Raising African American Children
“Hilarious, fresh take on motherhood told through the lens of an Afro-Latina mama, whose fierce ambition takes her on a journey through heartache and the unexpected blessing of a beautiful baby girl.”—Nefertiti Austin, author of Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America
“Adiba Nelson is all of us. Navigating the intersections of life with sometimes nothing more than hope in one hand and grace in the other. Her authenticity leaps off the page as she expertly affirms for us that grief and joy and every emotion in between can co-exist.” —Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts, Author of Black Joy: Stories of Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration
“How can a book about very difficult things be so funny? Adiba Nelson is a master storyteller, a wise truth-teller, and an all-around joy of a writer. Reading Ain’t That A Mother is akin to spending a week with your most warm, hilarious, kind friend.”—Joanna Rakoff, international bestselling author of My Salinger Year and A Fortunate Age
“Adiba Nelson is powerfully funny, unflinchingly honest, and as self-assured as she is self-critical. In this intimate account of raising a child with special needs, Nelson sugarcoats nothing and celebrates her daughter at every turn. As enthralling as a long conversation with an old friend, this book will make you feel seen, trusted, and less alone.” —Emily Adrian, author of The Second Season
-Major campaign for highly acclaimed author and inspirational speaker Adiba Nelson
-Indie Next campaign (voting deadline: 2/28/22)
-Library Reads campaign (voting deadline: 4/1/22)
-National print, online, TV, radio, and podcast media coverage
-National print, online, and social media ad campaign
-Buzz mailing to mommy bloggers and influencers
-Lead title showcase at library, bookseller, and consumer trade shows and conferences
-Official author website: TheFullNelson.net
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A hilarious and heartwrenching and deeply honest memoir. Really personifies poet Muriel Rukeyser's lines about "What would happen/if one woman dared to tell the truth about her life?" This book tells many truths about race, gender and motherhood and tells them in a compelling fashion,